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2:25 PM ET, April 16, 2006

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Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Policy on Iran nukes seems to be off-target  —  Happy Easter.  Happy Passover.  But, if you're like the president of Iran and believe in the coming of the "Twelfth Imam," your happy holiday may be just around the corner, too.  President Ahmadinejad, who is said to consider himself …
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Amir Taheri / Telegraph:
The frightening truth of why Iran wants a bomb  —  Last Monday, just before he announced that Iran had gatecrashed "the nuclear club", President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disappeared for several hours.  He was having a khalvat (tête-à-tête) with the Hidden Imam …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran has readied suicide 'army'
Discussion: Power Line and Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Bombs That Would Backfire  —  WHITE HOUSE spokesmen have played down press reports that the Pentagon has accelerated planning to bomb Iran.  We would like to believe that the administration is not intent on starting another war, because a conflict with Iran could be even more damaging …
Discussion: The Heretik, TigerHawk and PoliBlog
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William M. Arkin / Washington Post:
The Pentagon Preps for Iran  —  Does the United States have a war plan for stopping Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons?  —  Last week, President Bush dismissed news reports that his administration has been working on contingency plans for war — particularly talk of the possibility …
Billmon:
This is Not a Drill  —  According to a couple of guys …
Brian Brady / Scotsman:
Blair refuses to back Iran strike  —  TONY Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday.  —  Amid increasing tension …
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Times of London:
Iran suicide bombers 'ready to hit Britain'
Guardian:
Britain took part in mock Iran invasion
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Keeping Al-Qaeda in His Grip  —  Al-Zawahiri Presses Ideology, Deepens Rifts Among Islamic Radicals  —  CAIRO — In January 2003, one of the two most wanted men in the world couldn't contain his frustration.  From a hiding place probably somewhere in South Asia, he tapped out two lengthy e-mails …
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Aqeel Hussein / Telegraph:
Iraqi Sunni leader turns his guns on foreign insurgents  —  He looks every inch the face of the Iraqi resistance: a tribal leader from the Sunni badlands west of Baghdad, who once served in Saddam Hussein's feared intelligence network.  —  But Sheikh Osama Jadaan's dislike of foreign occupation …
Discussion: USS Neverdock and In the Bullpen
Richard Holbrooke / Washington Post:
Behind the Military Revolt  —  The calls by a growing number of recently retired generals for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have created the most serious public confrontation between the military and an administration since President Harry S. Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1951.
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By Michael R. Gordon / Donald Rumsfeld News:
NEWS ANALYSIS; As Policy Decisions Loom, a Code of Silence Is Broken
Discussion: Rantingprofs and BrothersJudd Blog
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
All Burkle, All the Time!  —  Revenge is bloggy at Gawker.  —  All Burkle, All the Time: Meow!  The decision to let slimebag Jared Paul Stern guest-edit gawker.com over this weekend initially seemed a cheap attention-getting move by an ambitious Brit blog owner gravely ignorant of American libel law.
Discussion: The American Thinker
Jerusalem Post:
US denies Pollard-Barghouti release deal  —  The United States has denied a reported proposal to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from jail in exchange for the release of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti's sentence, held in Israeli prison.  —  According to Army Radio …
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Jerusalem Post:
Report: Pollard, Barghouti deal in works
Discussion: Kesher Talk and lgf
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The GOP's Betrayal On Speech  —  If in November Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives, April 5 should be remembered as the day they demonstrated that they earned defeat.  Traducing the Constitution and disgracing conservatism, they used their power for their only remaining purpose — to cling to power.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Hobbs Controversy: Good Journalism, Or Political Hit Piece?  —  Conservative blogger Bill Hobbs resigned his position with Belmont University after John Spragens wrote critically of an admittedly controversial post of Hobbs.  That post included a stick figure and the text Mohammed Blows.
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
US plots 'new liberation of Baghdad'  —  THE American military is planning a "second liberation of Baghdad" to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed.  —  Pacifying the lawless capital is regarded as essential to establishing the authority of the incoming government …
Fawaz Turki / Washington Post:
How to Lose Your Job at a Saudi Newspaper  —  I was unceremoniously fired this month by my Saudi newspaper, a leading English-language daily called Arab News.  —  It didn't matter that I had been the senior columnist on the op-ed page for nine years or that my work was quoted widely …
Discussion: Crossroads Arabia and Rantingprofs
Melissa Kite / Telegraph:
White voters are deserting us for BNP, says Blair ally  —  White working-class families feel so neglected by the Government and angered by immigration that they are deserting Labour and flocking to the British National Party, a minister admitted yesterday.  —  In a sensational claim …
Discussion: EU Referendum
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Cost of Illegal Immigration May Be Less Than Meets the Eye  —  CALIFORNIA may seem the best place to study the impact of illegal immigration on the prospects of American workers.  Hordes of immigrants rushed into the state in the last 25 years, competing for jobs with the least educated among the native population.
Patrick Moore:
Going Nuclear  —  In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots.  That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Oh, Please.  —  The Washington Post has published an annoying article on Mary Scott O'Connor: … And so on, and so forth, with lots of angry comments from Eschaton and My Left Wing sprinkled about.  —  When I first read this article, I thought: what's the point of this?
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